This photo is of Alana (Head Chorister) and Natasha and Elinor, who gained their light blue ribbons and Lily and Celyn who gained their dark blue ribbons.

We have some amazingly talented girls in our choir. Alana successfully passed grade 5 piano exam, Holly her grade 4 piano exam with merit and Rhianwen her grade 5 exam with merit. Well done girls!

Alana is working hard to gain her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award and is nearing completion of the daunting syllabus. She recently spent a week in Southampton at Revitalise, as a live-in volunteer supporting people with disabilities. She worked long days from 7.45am to 10.00pm for eight days and although it was very tiring, Alana found the experience to be extremely rewarding. She is off to India in the summer to work with a charity supporting and helping prostitutes and you really have to admire the work this lovely, mature young lady undertakes in order to help those who are not as fortunate as we all are!! It is a fine example of Christian love. Holly told us that Alana was asked to accompany a group to the ice-skating arena even though she was looking forward to an early night in bed! Alana usually looked after one person but on this occasion she was given a lady in a wheelchair and a lady who struggled to walk to look after and had to take them both onto the ice rink!! Brilliant, you might think, but Alana can’t skate either!!! How brave!!

And now to Holly who was one of 150 pupils at Llanwern High School to enter the Mensa test. Holly gained 161 out of 162 and is now officially a member of Mensa!! Amazingly (her mum says) Holly was the top scorer and is now classed as a genius and in the top 1% of her age group across the world. Wow!

St John's Church Maindee